Adirondack Alpine Monitoring for Climate Change

Project Sponsor: USDA Forest Service - Northeastern States Research Cooperative
End Date: Sept. 30, 2014


This project was the first ever re-sampling of these alpine plant populations. We workedwith Adirondack Mountain Club and an ESF student hired specifically for this project to estimate the population and sub-populations of selected rare species growing throughout the Adirondack alpine zone and to test for any divergence in population size from the 2006-7 population estimates. We will also conducted analyses to determine if any changes can be linked to specific environmental variables, like early snowmelt and the duration of the growing season. This study provides more insight into the nature of ecological change in the Adirondack alpine zone, including both species-specific factors and short term negative effects of climatological changes.

Dec. 9, 2020 | Updated Jan. 19, 2021, 5:06 p.m.